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8 Interesting Bible Verses about Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

In this article, we will explore some interesting Bible verses about bees, wasps, and hornets. So, grab your Bible, and let’s get started…

This past week we have been exploring bees in God’s Word. And to end our adventure, I thought it would be nice to have a section that goes over all the verses on bees. But I also wanted to touch on Bible verses on wasps and hornets since they are closely related.

If you would like to explore my other bee articles, you can check them out here:

If you are curious about other insects of the Bible, then I also encourage you to check out my article Are Butterflies in the Bible? Alright, let’s get down to business and check out these Bible verses about bees.

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Bible Verses about Bees

When you explore the Bible you don’t see bees in many places. We actually only see 4 verses and all of them are found in the Old Testament. And most of these verses are similar except for the story Samson and the bee hive in lion carcass and the focus is on the honey. Here is the Hebrew of the word:

דְּבוֹרָה dᵉbôwrâh, deb-o-raw’; or (shortened) דְּבֹרָה dᵉbôrâh; from H1696 (in the sense of orderly motion); the bee (from its systematic instincts):—bee.

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The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah. {Deu 1:44 NIV}

Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass, and in it he saw a swarm of bees and some honey. {Jdg 14:8 NIV}

They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them down. {Psa 118:12 NIV}

In that day the LORD will whistle for flies from the Nile delta in Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. {Isa 7:18 NIV}

Bible Verses about Hornets and Wasps

Bible Verses about Hornets and Wasps

The word wasp isn’t found in scripture, but hornets are. Hornets are a type of wasp. Hornets (insects in the genus Vespa) are the largest of the eusocial wasps, and are similar in appearance to their close relatives yellowjackets. Some species can reach up to 5.5 cm (2.2 in) in length. (source). You will find that hornets are only mentioned 3 times. Here is the Hebrew of the word:

צִרְעָה tsirʻâh, tsir-aw’; from H6879; a wasp (as stinging):—hornet.

I find these 3 times verses very interesting as they are all very similar in that the Lord sends a hornet out to His enemies.

I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. {Exo 23:28 NIV}

Moreover, the LORD your God will send the hornet among them until even the survivors who hide from you have perished. {Deu 7:20 NIV}

I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you–also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow. {Jos 24:12 NIV}

I hope you have enjoyed this article on Bible verses on bees! If you like you can leave me. comment below. I would love to hear what the Lord is teaching you in this season.

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